Harden (move)

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Harden
かたくなる Stiffen
Harden.png
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Type  Normal
Category  Status
PP  30 (max. 48)
Power  —
Accuracy  —%
Priority  {{{priority}}}
  • Does not make contact
  • Not affected by Protect
  • Not affected by Magic Coat
  • Affected by Snatch
  • Not affected by Mirror Move
  • Not affected by King's Rock
Target
Foe Foe Foe
Self Ally Ally
Affects the user
Availability
Introduced  Generation I
Condition  Tough
Appeal  2 ♥♥
Jam  0  
Can avoid being startled by other once.
Condition  Tough
Appeal  2 ♥♥
Prevents the Voltage from going up in the same turn.
Condition  Tough
Appeal  2 ♥♥
Jamming  0  
Prevents the user from being startled one time this turn.

Harden (Japanese: かたくなる Stiffen) is a non-damaging Normal-type move introduced in Generation I.

Effect

Harden increases the user's Defense stat by one stage.

If powered up by a Normalium Z into Z-Harden, the user's Defense raises another stage.

Harden can be used as a part of a Pokémon Contest combination, causing Double-Edge, Protect, Rollout, Tackle and Take Down to have their base appeal points doubled if used in the next turn.

Description

Games Description
StadStad2 Raises the user's Defense. Useful when battling physically strong Pokémon.
GSC Raises the user's Defense.
RSEColo.XD Stiffens the body's muscles to raise Defense.
FRLG The user stiffens all the muscles in its body to raise its Defense stat.
DPPtHGSS
BWB2W2
XYORAS
SM
The user stiffens all the muscles in its body to raise its Defense stat.

Learnset

By leveling up

# Pokémon Types Egg Groups Level
I II III IV V VI VII
011 Metapod Metapod
BugIC Big.png Bug Bug 1RGB
1, 7Y
1, 7 1, 7 1, 7 1, 7 1, 7 1, Evo.
014 Kakuna Kakuna
BugIC Big.png
PoisonIC Big.png
Bug Bug 1 1, 7 1, 7 1, 7 1, 7 1, 7 1, Evo.
074 Geodude Geodude
RockIC Big.png
GroundIC Big.png
Mineral Mineral 26 26
075 Graveler Graveler
RockIC Big.png
GroundIC Big.png
Mineral Mineral 29 27
076 Golem Golem
RockIC Big.png
GroundIC Big.png
Mineral Mineral 29 27
088 Grimer Grimer
PoisonIC Big.png Amorphous Amorphous 42 5 4 4 4 4 4
088 Grimer Grimer
Alola Form
PoisonIC Big.png
DarkIC Big.png
Amorphous Amorphous 4
089 Muk Muk
PoisonIC Big.png Amorphous Amorphous 45 1, 33 1, 4 1, 4 1, 4BW
1, 4B2W2
1, 4 1, 4
089 Muk Muk
Alola Form
PoisonIC Big.png
DarkIC Big.png
Amorphous Amorphous 1, 4
095 Onix Onix
RockIC Big.png
GroundIC Big.png
Mineral Mineral 43 23 21RSE
19FRLG
1 1 1 1
098 Krabby Krabby
WaterIC Big.png Water 3 Water 3 40 16 16 11 11 11 11
099 Kingler Kingler
WaterIC Big.png Water 3 Water 3 49 16 16RSE
1FRLG
11 11 11 11
120 Staryu Staryu
WaterIC Big.png Water 3 Water 3 22 1 1 1 1 1 1
121 Starmie Starmie
WaterIC Big.png
PsychicIC Big.png
Water 3 Water 3 1
127 Pinsir Pinsir
BugIC Big.png Bug Bug 43 25 19 13 13BW
11B2W2
11 11
140 Kabuto Kabuto
RockIC Big.png
WaterIC Big.png
Water 1 Water 3 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
141 Kabutops Kabutops
RockIC Big.png
WaterIC Big.png
Water 1 Water 3 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
143 Snorlax Snorlax
NormalIC Big.png Monster Monster 41
207 Gligar Gligar
GroundIC Big.png
FlyingIC Big.png
Bug Bug 13 13 9 9BW
7B2W2
7 7
208 Steelix Steelix
SteelIC Big.png
GroundIC Big.png
Mineral Mineral 23 21RSE
19FRLG
1 1 1 1
211 Qwilfish Qwilfish
WaterIC Big.png
PoisonIC Big.png
Water 2 Water 2 10 10RSE
9FRLG
9 9 9 9
218 Slugma Slugma
FireIC Big.png Amorphous Amorphous 22 22 16 14 14XY
13ORAS
13
219 Magcargo Magcargo
FireIC Big.png
RockIC Big.png
Amorphous Amorphous 22 22 16 14 14XY
13ORAS
13
222 Corsola Corsola
WaterIC Big.png
RockIC Big.png
Water 1 Water 3 7 6 4 4 4XY
1ORAS
1
266 Silcoon Silcoon
BugIC Big.png Bug Bug 1, 7 1, 7 1, 7 1, 7 1, Evo.
268 Cascoon Cascoon
BugIC Big.png Bug Bug 1, 7 1, 7 1, 7 1, 7 1, Evo.
273 Seedot Seedot
GrassIC Big.png Field Grass 3 3 3 3 3
274 Nuzleaf Nuzleaf
GrassIC Big.png
DarkIC Big.png
Field Grass 3 3 3 3 3
275 Shiftry Shiftry
GrassIC Big.png
DarkIC Big.png
Field Grass 1
290 Nincada Nincada
BugIC Big.png
GroundIC Big.png
Bug Bug 1 1 1 1 1
291 Ninjask Ninjask
BugIC Big.png
FlyingIC Big.png
Bug Bug 1 1 1 1 1
292 Shedinja Shedinja
BugIC Big.png
GhostIC Big.png
Mineral Mineral 1 1 1 1 1
299 Nosepass Nosepass
RockIC Big.png Mineral Mineral 7 7 7BW
4B2W2
4 4
304 Aron Aron
SteelIC Big.png
RockIC Big.png
Monster Monster 4 4 4BW
1B2W2
1 1
305 Lairon Lairon
SteelIC Big.png
RockIC Big.png
Monster Monster 4 4 1, 4BW
1B2W2
1 1
306 Aggron Aggron
SteelIC Big.png
RockIC Big.png
Monster Monster 4 4 1, 4BW
1B2W2
1 1
337 Lunatone Lunatone
RockIC Big.png
PsychicIC Big.png
Mineral Mineral 1 1 1 1 1
338 Solrock Solrock
RockIC Big.png
PsychicIC Big.png
Mineral Mineral 1 1 1 1 1
341 Corphish Corphish
WaterIC Big.png Water 1 Water 3 7 7 7 7XY
5ORAS
5
342 Crawdaunt Crawdaunt
WaterIC Big.png
DarkIC Big.png
Water 1 Water 3 1, 7 1, 7 1, 7 1, 7XY
1, 5ORAS
1, 5
343 Baltoy Baltoy
GroundIC Big.png
PsychicIC Big.png
Mineral Mineral 3 3 4BW
1B2W2
1 1
344 Claydol Claydol
GroundIC Big.png
PsychicIC Big.png
Mineral Mineral 3 3 1, 4BW
1B2W2
1 1
347 Anorith Anorith
RockIC Big.png
BugIC Big.png
Water 3 Water 3 7 1 1 1 1
348 Armaldo Armaldo
RockIC Big.png
BugIC Big.png
Water 3 Water 3 7 1 1 1 1
369 Relicanth Relicanth
WaterIC Big.png
RockIC Big.png
Water 1 Water 2 1 1 1 1 1
413 Wormadam Wormadam
Sandy Cloak
BugIC Big.png
GroundIC Big.png
Bug Bug 29 29 29 29
422 Shellos Shellos
WaterIC Big.png Water 1 Amorphous 4 4 4 4
423 Gastrodon Gastrodon
WaterIC Big.png
GroundIC Big.png
Water 1 Amorphous 1, 4 1, 4 1, 4 1, 4
472 Gliscor Gliscor
GroundIC Big.png
FlyingIC Big.png
Bug Bug 1, 9 1, 9BW
1, 7B2W2
1, 7 1, 7
524 Roggenrola Roggenrola
RockIC Big.png Mineral Mineral 4 4 4
525 Boldore Boldore
RockIC Big.png Mineral Mineral 1, 4 1, 4 1, 4
526 Gigalith Gigalith
RockIC Big.png Mineral Mineral 1, 4 1, 4 1, 4
582 Vanillite Vanillite
IceIC Big.png Mineral Mineral 4 4 4
583 Vanillish Vanillish
IceIC Big.png Mineral Mineral 1, 4 1, 4 1, 4
584 Vanilluxe Vanilluxe
IceIC Big.png Mineral Mineral 1, 4 1, 4 1, 4
597 Ferroseed Ferroseed
GrassIC Big.png
SteelIC Big.png
Grass Mineral 1 1 1
598 Ferrothorn Ferrothorn
GrassIC Big.png
SteelIC Big.png
Grass Mineral 1 1 1
665 Spewpa Spewpa
BugIC Big.png Bug Bug 1 1
703 Carbink Carbink
RockIC Big.png
FairyIC Big.png
Fairy Mineral 1 1
712 Bergmite Bergmite
IceIC Big.png Monster Monster 1 1
713 Avalugg Avalugg
IceIC Big.png Monster Monster 1 1
719 Diancie Diancie
RockIC Big.png
FairyIC Big.png
Undiscovered Undiscovered 1 1
769 Sandygast Sandygast
GhostIC Big.png
GroundIC Big.png
Amorphous Amorphous 1
770 Palossand Palossand
GhostIC Big.png
GroundIC Big.png
Amorphous Amorphous 1
771 Pyukumuku Pyukumuku
WaterIC Big.png Water 1 Water 1 1
794 Buzzwole Buzzwole
BugIC Big.png
FightingIC Big.png
Undiscovered Undiscovered 1
797 Celesteela Celesteela
SteelIC Big.png
FlyingIC Big.png
Undiscovered Undiscovered 1
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


By breeding

# Pokémon Types Parent
Egg Groups
Egg Move
II III IV V VI VII
185 Sudowoodo Sudowoodo
RockIC Big.png Mineral Mineral
214 Heracross Heracross
BugIC Big.png
FightingIC Big.png
Bug Bug
438 Bonsly Bonsly
RockIC Big.png Mineral Mineral
610 Axew Axew
DragonIC Big.png Monster Dragon
636 Larvesta Larvesta
BugIC Big.png
FireIC Big.png
Bug Bug
736 Grubbin Grubbin
BugIC Big.png Bug Bug
767 Wimpod Wimpod
BugIC Big.png
WaterIC Big.png
Bug Water 3
Bold indicates a Pokémon gains STAB from this move.
Italics indicates a Pokémon whose evolution or alternate form receives STAB from this move.


In other games

Description

Games Description
MDRB Boosts the user's Defense by one level.
MDS Boosts the user's Defense by 1 level.

In the anime

Ash Metapod Harden.png Giovanni Kingler Harden.png Ash Corphish Harden.png Johnny Aggron Harden.png
Metapod Kingler Corphish Aggron
The user stiffens all the muscles in its body.
Pokémon Method
User First Used In Notes
011 Metapod Metapod glows a greenish-whitish color and becomes hard as steel.
Ash's Metapod Challenge of the Samurai Debut
Samurai's Metapod Challenge of the Samurai None
Bugsy's Metapod Gettin' the Bugs Out None
099 Kingler Kingler glows pale blue and any attack that hits it bounces off.
Giovanni's Kingler The Battle of the Badge None
098 Krabby Krabby's body becomes sturdy and hard.
Ash's Krabby Round One - Begin! None
246 Larvitar Larvitar freezes its body in place like a statue and doesn't move.
A wild Larvitar Hatch Me if You Can Larvitar cannot legally learn Harden
268 Cascoon Cascoon tenses up its body and its body shines, making attacks bounce off it.
Jessie's Cascoon Seeing is Believing! None
341 Corphish Corphish's body flashes white and shines, making it able to take attacks.
Ash's Corphish Just One of the Geysers None
306 Aggron Aggron tenses up and its body flashes white and shines, making it able to take attacks.
Johnny's Aggron Shocks and Bonds None

In the manga

In The Electric Tale of Pikachu manga


In the How I Became a Pokémon Card manga


In the Pokémon Adventures manga


In the Pokémon Pocket Monsters manga


In other generations

Harden I.png Harden II.png Harden III.png Harden IV.png
Generation I RBY Generation I
(Japanese)
Generation I
(international)
Generation II Generation II
(Japanese)
Generation II
(international)
Crystal Generation III Generation III
(Japanese)
Generation III
(international)
RS FRLG FRLGE Generation IV Generation IV
(Japanese)
Generation IV
(international)
PtHGSS HGSS Generation V BW B2W2 Generation V
(Japanese)
Generation V
(international)
Generation VI XY ORAS Stadium (Jap) Stadium Stadium 2 Colosseum XD Battle Revolution Battle Revolution
(alternative animation)
Battrio Mystery Dungeon PMD: Red and Blue PMD: Time, Darkness, Sky Rumble Rumble Blast
Harden V.png Harden PMD RB.png
Generation I RBY Generation I
(Japanese)
Generation I
(international)
Generation II Generation II
(Japanese)
Generation II
(international)
Crystal Generation III Generation III
(Japanese)
Generation III
(international)
RS FRLG FRLGE Generation IV Generation IV
(Japanese)
Generation IV
(international)
PtHGSS HGSS Generation V BW B2W2 Generation V
(Japanese)
Generation V
(international)
Generation VI XY ORAS Stadium (Jap) Stadium Stadium 2 Colosseum XD Battle Revolution Battle Revolution
(alternative animation)
Battrio Mystery Dungeon PMD: Red and Blue PMD: Time, Darkness, Sky Rumble Rumble Blast
Harden Stad.png Harden Stad2.png Harden Colo.png Harden XD.png
Generation I RBY Generation I
(Japanese)
Generation I
(international)
Generation II Generation II
(Japanese)
Generation II
(international)
Crystal Generation III Generation III
(Japanese)
Generation III
(international)
RS FRLG FRLGE Generation IV Generation IV
(Japanese)
Generation IV
(international)
PtHGSS HGSS Generation V BW B2W2 Generation V
(Japanese)
Generation V
(international)
Generation VI XY ORAS Stadium (Jap) Stadium Stadium 2 Colosseum XD Battle Revolution Battle Revolution
(alternative animation)
Battrio Mystery Dungeon PMD: Red and Blue PMD: Time, Darkness, Sky Rumble Rumble Blast

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 變硬 Binngaahng *
僵硬 Goengngaahng
Mandarin 變硬 / 变硬 Biànyìng *
硬梆梆 Yìngbāngbāng
Denmark Flag.png Danish Hærde
The Netherlands Flag.png Dutch Verharding
Finland Flag.png Finnish Kovetus
France Flag.png French Armure
Germany Flag.png German Härtner
Greece Flag.png Greek Σκλήρυνση
India Flag.png Hindi सख्त होजाओ Sakht Hojao
Indonesia Flag.png Indonesian Mengeras
Italy Flag.png Italian Rafforzatore
South Korea Flag.png Korean 단단해지기 Dandanhaejigi
Portuguese Brazil Flag.png Brazil Endurecer
Endurecimento (The Official Pokémon Handbook)
Portugal Flag.png Portugal Endurecimento
Serbia Flag.png Serbian Očvršćivanje
Spain Flag.png Spanish Fortaleza
Vietnam Flag.png Vietnamese Gồng Cứng


Variations of the move Harden
Status HardenSharpen


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